10 Things I Did on My Visit to Austin



1. Spend all my time with god-daughter Rachel, hubby/daddy Jimmy, and two-month-old baby James…and Grace, of course.






Check out the way Baby James is looking at Grace.

2. Sing and play guitar with Jimmy and Grace.

Grace is becoming a guitarist. She plays lead guitar. One of her songs is “Dust in the Wind”. She played with one of Jimmy’s old Gibson acoustics…so much fun. He and I played a bunch of songs together: House of the Rising Sun, Wildwood Flower, Blues in E, Goodnight Irene, You Belong to Me, If I Needed You, and Love Me Tender. It’s Willie Nelson’s town, so we did a lot of folk and country. He can play anything!

3. Jumped into the giant year-round 70-degree spring-fed heart of the city, Barton Springs Pool.

 enhanced-13444-1393359538-21The chill you feel when you first get in is just your heart filling up with the positive vibes that enchant this entire natural place.

4. Eat Tex-Mex Tacos at Gueros.


Go there: Guero’s Taco Bar

Read the reviews

5. Saw the city’s 1.5 million Mexican Free-Tailed Bats emerge from underneath the Congress Bridge at dusk.




Read about it.

6. Eat Texas Barbeque…specifically brisket.

We went to Rudy’s. OMG! I had only had Marta’s brisket… cooked for hours, special for Hanukkah…delicious, out of this world. Then I tasted this other thing: Texa bbq brisket. Wow. It has crusted edges and it’s so good. Now I’m looking for a reasonable facsimile in San Francisco. People tell me Memphis Minnie’s on Haight Street is the place to go. I’ll let you know.

7. Shop at Buffalo Exchange. 

Everything in Texas is bigger than anywhere else. This store was huge…three times the size of the one on Valencia Street. Everyone found something and went home happy. Go there: Buffalo Exchange.

8. Ate lunch at Texas French Bread.

Had a modern day shrimp po’ boy sandwich. Check it out.

9.Took a walk down memory lane with Rachel.

I looked through some old photo albums and digitized some favorites from when she was a baby…and looked quite alot like her baby James. These photos are from 1977-78.




10. Took photos of the baby.


In Grace’s arms.

playing a d minor chord

On my chest…figuring out how to play a D minor guitar chord.


Connecting hand to mouth.


13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Penn Garvin
    Apr 07, 2015 @ 21:18:27

    Dear Phern: this is great! I know Rachel had a really good time and it looks like you two did, too! So glad you sent me all those photos of Rachel as a baby. We all sure go back a long time! I send you much love, Penn Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2015 20:56:01 +0000 To: penngarvin@hotmail.com



  2. phernhunt
    Apr 07, 2015 @ 21:42:05

    Penn…next time I go I will digitize more photos from those old albums. Man…did you save stuff!



  3. Rickibo@aol.com
    Apr 07, 2015 @ 22:14:41

    Phern, I just love this new post!!!!!!! Baby James is adorable. Talk about time traveling….wow. Loved your 10 item list. You sure know how to embrace life, I love that about you! xoxo Ricki



  4. rachel gaile
    Apr 07, 2015 @ 22:59:59

    I love it!!!



  5. Judy Graboyes
    Apr 08, 2015 @ 13:04:23

    Sounds like fun! 70 degrees is freezing!



  6. Melinda Basker
    Apr 08, 2015 @ 20:36:52

    Loved all the photos. By the way, were you, like, 12 years old, in the first photo with baby Rachel?



  7. jerry polon
    Apr 09, 2015 @ 18:11:00

    So great to see you so young, and then Rachel so young, and then baby James so young. It’s the goddamn fountain of youth! Seeing all the stuff you did from across the decades brings the past and future to the front row seats.



  8. Marty Person
    Apr 26, 2015 @ 17:55:48

    Thanks Phern! Enjoyed the armchair tour of your trip to Austin. I have never visited Austin but will check out some of the sites you mention if a trip should come up.



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